I’m trying to figure out a good name for a character I’ve had for a few years, since I realized that her former name realistically it made no sense for her. She’s a Pakistani-American trans woman who’s grandparents immigrated to the US, and when she came out initially, her parents weren’t as supportive as she’d like, but later on they reconcile things and have a good relationship. They weren’t awful to her by any means because things have progressed a good deal in that world, but she still felt a bit let down.
What I’m stuck on is, would she choose a name that reflects her heritage, or would she choose a more abstract name, probably rooted in nature (a major interest of hers)? Or, would she possibly combine those, choosing a Punjabi word for a part of nature she appreciates and feels connected to? Any advice and criticism would be welcome.
Name For trans Pakistani American woman
Pakistani is a nationality. Is the character Punjabi? I doubt she’d choose a word from Punjabi if she isn’t - especially considering that the Punjabi language is stereotyped as rough and not pretty.
If her or her family is Muslim, look at Muslim names. They usually derive from Persian or Arabic and there’s some out there that have meanings tied to nature. Nasreen (rose) or Mahtab (moonlight) come to mind. Some Sikh names that have ties to nature are Gagan (sky) or Kiran (ray of light).
On the other hand, I’ve never met any South Asian person who was named for a common or random object (names such as Rock, Brick, or River) in their language, not by their parents or themselves. If the name is the same word as a colloquial word for an object in the language, it was typically established as a name in the past. For example, I’ve met people named Gulab which means rose. I have never met anyone named daria, the Punjabi word for river.
Ask originally published Oct 2021
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One of the characteristics of a democracy is that you can protest. That is currently not the case in India.
Young, old, men and women are protesting against a few laws that were created for the farmers.
The government is trying to push back the protestors by shooting water at them. At one point India had a water shortage. Water is also getting wasted. They had closed the road and ended up throwing tear gas at protestors.
This country must represent a democracy, but look what happens here. THOUSANDS of people are disagreeing with something, listen to THEIR voices and their suffering. Stopping them with water, road blocks or throwing tear gas is NOT THE WAY!
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how to make chai!
aka PROOF that my username isn’t just for the aesthetic /j
this is my style of chai and it’s probably the simplest style, so you can add different spices and ingredients in other recipes but you’ll have to change out certain things (e.g. you can’t put ginger with elaichi or else it’s gonna taste weird lol). this is just a very basic way of making cha. ALSO-- i literally just eyeball all of this. i had to measure this stuff out to give you the amounts, but the proportions vary every time i make cha, so it’s ok if you’re a little off :) and a final reminder: this is a caffeinated drink! i make it every morning and afternoon, but it will keep you up if you don’t drink it early enough!
ingredients (makes 2 servings):
black tea leaves (1 1/2 tablespoons)
7-9 small elaichi (i think the english name is cardamom pods?)
milk (had to wait until morning to actually measure this but apparently i put 1 cup of milk! you can use any milk but i use 2% :D)
sugar (1/4 to 1/2 tablespoon) OR honey (idek how much-- again, i just eyeball it)
you’ll also need a small pot (kinda like this but it can be smaller too), a tea strainer (like this), and a mortar and pestle (like this).
fill your pot with two cups of water and put it on your stove at medium heat. let it heat up for just a few seconds before adding your black tea leaves, then just wait for the tea water to boil!
while you’re waiting for it to boil, use a mortar and pestle to crush the elaichi. you’ll split them open by just smashing them, but make sure to grind and crush them, too. elaichi releases flavor into your cha, so if the pods aren’t open, they aren’t going to do anything.
when the water starts boiling (not at FULL boil), add the elaichi in! dump the outer coverings as well as the seeds. let it boil for 30 seconds or so.
after 30 seconds, get your milk and pour it into the boiling tea water. it will stop the boiling, but because milk can boil over, do not leave your stove! i have had countless accidents where i left the stove unattended and the cha boiled over 💔
wait a few minutes for the milk tea to come to boil up, and when it does, turn your stove off! then, put a lid on the pot and get your cups out.
put either sugar or honey into your cup and put a tea strainer over the top of it. be careful when you pour the chai into the cup, the pot may be heavy and it will be very hot. i like putting honey/sugar in my cup first because it makes me feel like everything is mixed and melted together, but if you want to put it in after, you can totally do that too!
your tea strainer will have tea leaves and elaichi bits in it,, just dump them back into the cha pot and put a lid on it if there’s any leftover chai!
that is it 👉🏼👈🏼 if you have any questions or need me to specify something, comment it or send me an ask!
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